Our Mission

To provide effective, science-based intervention for children and adults with autism and, through research and dissemination, to extend treatment resources to people with autism, both nationally and internationally.

PCDI: Pioneering Autism Intervention and Research for over 45 years

PCDI, founded in 1970, is a private, non-profit program offering a broad spectrum of science-based services to children, youths, and adults with autism. The Institute not only provides quality treatment, education, and professional training and mentoring in New Jersey, but through its research, has pioneered comprehensive intervention models that are used nationally and internationally for the benefit of persons with autism. These programs teach young children to talk, play with siblings and friends, and read and write. Adolescents continue academic and work-study programs while learning to participate in their homes and communities. Adults perfect skills that allow them to maintain jobs and achieve greater levels of independence. 


PCDI is recognized worldwide as a leader in autism research and treatment. The Institute offers a broad spectrum of services that support people with autism from infancy through adulthood. PCDI provides an Early Intervention Program for children age 28 months and younger and an educational program for students age 3 to 21. Adults with autism receive support and training for competitive employment in PCDI’s Adult Life-Skills Program. The Institute also operates two family-style group homes and a supervised apartment program. All its programs include home programming and family support.


“Were it not for PCDI providing the necessary support and foundation these past thirteen years for our son Jack, it would be impossible to imagine how his life would have turned out. Recently, through the exhaustive collaboration of the PCDI staff, my son was able to overcome a very difficult period and for that, I will be forever grateful. PCDI's individualized program not only reinforces and encourages classroom and home programming capabilities, it also includes developing community skills for Jack and our family."

Laura Morgan, parent

"PCDI has been changing the lives of children, adolescents, and adults with autism and their families for more than 40 years. Their commitment to excellence is astounding! PCDI is the gold standard of delivering effective intervention based upon the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. The outcomes that PCDI continues to produce year after year is proof that those who are affected by autism could still learn to lead happy, independent, and productive lives. PCDI is a model program for autism intervention."

Eric Rozenblat, Ph.D., BCBA-D Director, Institute for Educational Achievement

"PCDI is a unique model of scientific and professional excellence. Through their dissemination efforts, other programs such as the Institute for Educational Achievement, have been more than adequately prepared to provide effective educational services to many more individuals and families challenged by autism. In addition, PCDI’s mentorship and well-constructed behavior analytic systems ensure optimal advancement for students and professionals so that they may all achieve their fullest potential."

Dawn B. Townsend, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director Emeritus, Institute for Educational Achievement

"After 22 years of hard work, we are thankful to the teachers and directors at PCDI for helping Philip get a job!"

Susan & Phil Edwards, parents